Are You Ready To Adopt A Dog?
Adopting a dog or puppy is a big responsibility. You are making a lifelong commitment to your new furry friend. Before you visit your local dog shelter or rescue, here are 5 questions to help you make the right decision about adopting a dog.
Do you live in an apartment?
When adopting a dog or puppy, one of the first decisions to make is what size of dog you want to adopt. Dogs come is all shapes and sizes from the Chihuahua to the Great Dane. Small dogs are a good choice if you live in an apartment or have a very small yard. Large dogs will need lots of room to run around and play and are a good adoption choice if you live in a house and have a large yard.
Do you have kids?
What kid doesn’t love dogs? What dog doesn’t love kids? Surprisingly, not all kids like dogs, and not all dogs like kids. If you have kids or are adopting a dog for your kids, be sure to look for a dog breed that is known to be good with kids. Some common kid friendly dog breeds include:
We know your child has been begging you to get a new puppy for a long time. We also know that during negotiations to get a dog that they have made many promises. You may be convinced that your kid will walk the dog, bathe the dog, brush the dog, feed and water the dog, and pick up after them. You may be convinced of this but you would be wrong. Understand that when you adopt your new dog you will be doing most of these chores within a week.
Do you have allergies?
Many wonderful dogs find themselves in shelters simply because their owner has an allergy. If you have allergies, this should not prevent you from giving a loving dog a new home. When looking for a dog to adopt, make sure to only consider breeds such as the Bedlington Terrier or the Bichon Frise that are hypoallergenic. You can find a complete list of hypoallergenic dogs on the AKC website.
What is the best dog breed to adopt?
There are currently 184 dog breeds recognized by American Kennel Club (AKC) . When you visit a dog rescue or shelter don’t expect to find many of these breeds.
You can find pure-bred dogs and even pure-bred puppies for adoption at shelters. However, the majority of dogs will be a combination of two or more breeds. These are known as mixed breed dogs. There is nothing wrong with adopting a mixed breed dog. They are just as loving and make wonderful companions as a pure-bred dog.
There is no perfect dog breed for every family. You should research the different characteristic of each dog breed to find one or more that is right for your situation. Once you have narrowed the list down, you can begin your search for a pure-bred or a mixed breed dog to adopt.
Can you make a lifetime commitment?
The sad reality is that we will most likely outlive our furry friends. According to Wikipedia, small dogs have an average lifespan of 15-16 years while medium to large dogs will generally live about 10-15 years.
Far too many dogs find themselves in a shelter through no fault of their own. There are many reasons why a dog can lose their home. Sometimes because of divorce, moving to an apartment or a house that does not allow dogs, or simply the excitement of having a dog wears off and people consider them to be a burden or a hassle. This is just of few of the excuses people will use to justify abandoning their cherished family member. None of them are acceptable.
Small dogs have an average lifespan of 15-16 years. Large dogs will generally live about 10-15 years
Most people think of their dogs as their children and make the same decisions and sacrifices as they would for their kids. If you consider a dog the same as patio furniture and think it’s ok to leave them in the backyard, adopting a dog is definitely not for you. Dogs are a part of your family and should live inside at all times.
Making the choice to adopt a dog or puppy is a decision that should be made after careful consideration of the dog as well as your current and future situation. Before adopting, you need to decide if you can provide a dog a safe and loving home for the rest of their lives.
If you don’t feel you can make this pledge or if when times are hard the dog will be the first one to go, then adopting a dog is not for you. Maybe you would be happier with a fish.
All of us at Doggielife.com feel very strongly about making a lifetime commitment to your dogs. The more people that follow this example, the less dogs for adoption will be available on our site. Nothing would make us happier.
Ready to adopt a dog?
Now that you have asked yourself these important questions, are you ready to adopt a dog? If you are, we are here to help. Doggielife.com has thousands of wonderful dogs and puppies ready for adoption. Start by searching for dogs by state or searching dogs by breed.
If you are not sure adopting a dog is right for you or you still have more questions that okay. There are many excellent resources available to help you make an informed decision about which dog breed to adopt.
You may also want to contact some local dog shelters and rescues. Anyone associated with a dog rescue will gladly help and answer your questions. They are dedicated to ensuring every dog they adopt finds the perfect forever home. Do you have that home?